Physical inactivity

Physical inactivity causing 1 in 6 deaths

A lack of physical activity is the cause for one in six deaths in the UK, according to a new campaign to get Britain healthier.

Public Health England (PHE) has published ‘Everybody active, every day’, a framework for action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic that is costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

It has co-produced the framework with over 1,000 national and local leaders in physical activity and is calling for action from providers and commissioners in a number of areas from health and social care to planning and culture.

Four areas

The framework has called for four areas of action that will: 

  1.     Change the social ‘norm’ to make physical activity the expectation
  2.     Develop expertise and leadership within professionals and volunteers
  3.     Create environments to support active lives
  4.     Identify and up-scale successful programmes nationwide

As part of the project, Sport England will be launching the second stage of its Get Healthy Get Active project, a £5m investment in tackling inactivity. 

Get physical

Public health minister Jane Ellison said that increasing physical activity is a priority right across government, with the Department of Health investing £8.2 billion over three years to target public health priorities.

Professor Kevin Fenton, executive director of health and wellbeing at PHE, believes that physical inactivity is not recognised as a significant health, social and economic burden on individuals and communities in England.

However, he said that it is actually the fourth greatest cause of ill health in the UK, and a leading contributor to rising levels of many long-term conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and dementia.

Modern lifestyles

Modern lifestyles amplify the problem, with those who are already taking regular physical activity at risk of damaging their health by spending long periods sitting down.

He claimed that if we get the campaign right, the benefits will be shared by future generations leading to an increase in everyone’s chances of living a healthy, independent and fulfilling life.

Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, said that the framework is all the more relevant for disabled people who are some of the people least likely to exercise. 

A lack of physical activity is the cause for one in six deaths in the UK, according to a new campaign to get Britain healthier.

Public Health England (PHE) has published ‘Everybody active, every day’, a framework for action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic that is costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

It has co-produced the framework with over 1,000 national and local leaders in physical activity and is calling for action from providers and commissioners in a number of areas from health and social care to planning and culture.

 

Physical inactivity causing 1 in 6 deaths

women celebrating after a run. 
A lack of physical activity is the cause for one in six deaths in the UK, according to a new campaign to get Britain healthier.

Public Health England (PHE) has published ‘Everybody active, every day’, a framework for action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic that is costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

It has co-produced the framework with over 1,000 national and local leaders in physical activity and is calling for action from providers and commissioners in a number of areas from health and social care to planning and culture.

Four areas

The framework has called for four areas of action that will: 

  1.     Change the social ‘norm’ to make physical activity the expectation
  2.     Develop expertise and leadership within professionals and volunteers
  3.     Create environments to support active lives
  4.     Identify and up-scale successful programmes nationwide

As part of the project, Sport England will be launching the second stage of its Get Healthy Get Active project, a £5m investment in tackling inactivity. 

Get physical

Public health minister Jane Ellison said that increasing physical activity is a priority right across government, with the Department of Health investing £8.2 billion over three years to target public health priorities.

Professor Kevin Fenton, executive director of health and wellbeing at PHE, believes that physical inactivity is not recognised as a significant health, social and economic burden on individuals and communities in England.

However, he said that it is actually the fourth greatest cause of ill health in the UK, and a leading contributor to rising levels of many long-term conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and dementia.

Modern lifestyles

Modern lifestyles amplify the problem, with those who are already taking regular physical activity at risk of damaging their health by spending long periods sitting down.

He claimed that if we get the campaign right, the benefits will be shared by future generations leading to an increase in everyone’s chances of living a healthy, independent and fulfilling life.

Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, said that the framework is all the more relevant for disabled people who are some of the people least likely to exercise. 

A lack of physical activity is the cause for one in six deaths in the UK, according to a new campaign to get Britain healthier.

Public Health England (PHE) has published ‘Everybody active, every day’, a framework for action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic that is costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

It has co-produced the framework with over 1,000 national and local leaders in physical activity and is calling for action from providers and commissioners in a number of areas from health and social care to planning and culture.

 


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